Licence to Read


With the publication of the latest PISA survey, reading as a cultural basic competence has (re)gained public attention. However, those who are enthusiastic readers themselves know: it means much more than understanding information that can be tested by standardised instruments. Arouse young people’s interest in books and reading and – based on that – developing their media and literacy competences is a task in which schools and libraries can ideally collaborate.

The Vienna libraries want to take this challenge aboard and work together with schools in the pilot project “Licence to read”. The aim is to develop cooperation models in order to sustainably accompany young people throughout their lives as readers.

Three district libraries collaborate with one school in the local neighbourhood. The collaborations can generate answers to questions such as:

  • Which conditions are necessary to successfully implement collaborations?
  • What expectations have the partners from each other?
  • What resources and capacities do they bring with them?
  • How can the local community become involved (teachers, parents, pupils…)?


EDUCULT accompanies the project as an expert institution. The aim of our involvement as researchers is to create a learning project in order to further improve the existing project quality. Additionally, we want to generate knowledge on collaborations between schools and libraries that can be transferred within institutional settings and to follow-up activities.


EDUCULT works with qualitative and dialogue-oriented methods – round tables, interviews. To look in-depth in the collaborations, we will also carry out observations.

The results will be discussed and reflected with the participants throughout the project.